Cloth-Metal-Art: Peggy Black & Dustin Davis


November 13-December 4, 2021 • 11:00AM-5:00PM Daily • Free

The Allegany Arts Council and its Saville Gallery are pleased to present the joint exhibition of artists Peggy Black and Dustin Davis, in this group show, Cloth-Metal-Art.

About the Artists

Peggy Black is a full-time textile studio artist in rural Jenner Township, Pennsylvania.  Although she is a retired accountant, a sewing machine has been central to her life since the age of eight.  As a 4-H leader, she has taught basic sewing and tailoring for over 30 years.   In the mid 1990’s she discovered a quilter named Nancy Crow and began following her work.  It was not until 2011 that she ventured to the Crow Barn Art Retreat Center to begin her studies into quiltmaking as art.  She has studied with Nancy for the past nine years.  Among other teachers who have facilitated her artistic journey are Lisa Call, Claire Benn and David Hornung.

In 2017 Peggy was honored to receive Best of Show Quilt National ’17 at The Dairy Barn Art Center in Athens, Ohio.  Recently, she received Best of Show at Biennial 2020, a regional multi-media show. She has also received Awards of Excellence and Honorable Mentions at national and regional juried shows, including Quilt Art Elements at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA and Form, Not Function in New Albany, IN.  She has work in several private collections.\

Peggy is active on The Gallery Committee at Laurel Arts, Somerset, PA, has participated in their Souper Bowl Event, and permanent collection documentation.

After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Madison College, now James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, with a degree in Russian Language, Peggy continued her education studying accounting at Mt. Aloyisius and St. Francis Universities.  She spent her professional career as a tax professional specializing in agricultural finances.  She also is a partner in her family company, Black’s Specialty Service.

To learn more about Peggy's work, visit her website.

Dustin Davis is a sculptor and professor emeritus in Frostburg State University's Department of Visual Arts, a position he retired from in 2020 after serving for nearly fifty years. In his role he also served as Director of the Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery on campus, and held several positions throughout his tenure.

Recently, Davis was selected as the 8th recipient of FSU's President's Distinguished Faculty Award. The award recognizes faculty who provide exceptional service to the University and who advance the mission, goals and strategic plans of the institution.

Davis' creative career is highlighted by numerous exhibitions of and awards for his sculptural works, including invitational shows at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, and at The Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.  Davis is a long-time member of the Allegany Arts Council.

In 2019, Davis was awarded Best of Show for his sculpture, "Yellow Abstract," which was featured in The Human Figure, a digital exhibition hosted by the Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery.  Of his work, Davis says, “In my current series of metal sculptures, most of the works are not planned out from their beginning to their conclusion; rather, they develop as each piece of the sculpture is welded to the next piece."

The joint exhibit runs November 13-December 4, 2021, with a Public Opening to take place on Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 6:00PM-8:00PM. The Public Opening is free and the public is invited to attend.

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